The Korea American Football Association
: 대한미식축구협회, Hanja
: 大韓美式蹴球協會) has existed in South Korea
for more than 20 years. The popularity of American football
in Korea has been historically low, but with the visit of Hines Ward
(a Korean born NFL football star with the Pittsburgh Steelers
) in 2006, the sport received a modest level of increased appeal. Within Korea KAFA is a governing body over both traditional football with pads and also flag football.
Traditional football leagues within Korea are divided between college and professional (KNFL) teams. There are three championship bowl games of special note that occur at the end of the season. The Tiger Bowl determines the champions of the college league, the Gwangaeto Bowl determines the champions of the professional league, and finally the Kimchi Bowl
, the Korean equivalent of the Super Bowl
in USA, pits the college team champion against the professional team champion.
At the start of the 2010 season there were six teams playing in the professional league.
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Gwangaeto Bowl Champions
The Kimchi Bowl is the final championship game of KAFA. The game is considered by players, fans, and organizers to be the Super Bowl of Korea. At its conclusion a trophy is awarded to the winning team's coach and passed amongst the players. There is also a game MVP trophy awarded to the game's most valuable... Read More